|Pregnancy and Chiropractic
Numerous articles and reports have been in the press
recently on chiropractic care for pregnant women. One
such news story appeared April 16, 2003 on the NBC TV
affiliate from Providence, Rhode Island. The news report
by Health Check 10 Reporter Barbara Morse, started by
featuring one woman Lee Ann, who recalled having severe
pain during her pregnancy by saying, "Pelvic pain,
mostly the bone. It felt like something was digging in
to my bone. The doctors told me there was nothing they
Lee Ann then learned that chiropractic care was
available at the medical facility, Women and Infants'
Hospital. At this facility, she sought the services of
Dr. Ron Tyszkowski, a chiropractor at Women and Infants'
Hospital. "Chiropractic is an option for them and the
doctors that are on staff at Women and Infants' use
specific safe techniques for pregnant women that are
gentle, natural and do a really effective job of
controlling those symptoms," Dr. Tyszkowski said.
The story also highlighted another chiropractic success
story of a woman named Lucia. She recalled, "Where I was
living during the pregnancy, I had two flights of stairs
I had to go up all the time. It got to the point I could
barely carry my son up the stairs." She described the
outcome of the chiropractic care by saying, "I probably
couldn't have gotten through it without it."
On their website, www.icpa4kids.com, the International
Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) has many
articles on chiropractic care during pregnancy. The
articles state that a growing number of pregnant women
are turning to holistic therapies, including
chiropractic. Researchers at Robert Wood Johnson Medical
School pooled data on 463 women who had recently given
birth. In total, 31.3% of subjects used at least one
type of complementary care during their pregnancies.
Specifically, 5.2% visited a chiropractor; 2.8% had
acupuncture or acupressure and 2.8% took vitamin
supplements. 5.8% tried alternative techniques
(biofeedback, meditation, yoga, tai chi, mental healing,
imagery, Reiki, therapeutic touch, dance, reflex, art
and aroma therapies); 24.2% used natural therapies
(teas, herbs, oils and foods used for medicinal
purposes). According to another study reported on the
ICPA website, 82 certified nurse-midwives in North
Carolina were surveyed about chiropractic care. The
results showed that 57.3% of midwives participating in
this survey recommending chiropractic to their patients.
ICPA Board member, Dr. Jeanne Ohm, sums up the benefits
by saying, "Chiropractic care is essential for the
pregnant mother. Her systems and organs are now
providing for two and their optimal function is critical
for the baby's healthy development. The mother's spine
and pelvis undergoes many changes and adaptations to
compensate for the growing baby and the risk of
interference to her nervous system is increased.
Specific chiropractic care throughout pregnancy works
with enhancing nervous system function providing greater
health potential for both the mother and baby."